President Obama announced that Thomas Cappola, MD, ScM, an assistant professor in the division of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine, was awarded the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, in recognition of his NHLBI-funded research on causes and treatments for heart failure.
The Award was created to honor those young scientists and engineers who have shown immense potential in their chosen field. Through this award, Dr. Cappola, who is about to begin his third year of NHLBI-funded research, will receive an additional two years of funding from the Institute to support his heart failure research, which seeks to identify several critical genetic factors associated with the condition.
“Dr. Cappola is an outstanding young physician investigator and we are thrilled that he was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers,” said Dr. Nabel.
Separately, Dr. Cappola received NHLBI ARRA funding to hire research coordinator, Ms. Erin McIntosh— a premedical student at the University of Pennsylvania—to help enhance heart failure patient recruitment and thus enable more extensive genotyping. The award will help to accelerate the pace of the research, while contributing to economic recovery by providing a full-time job.